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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2005
A 54-year-old Westminster man has pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court to theft schemes and security fraud involving phony documents from Pepsi Cola and the NFL that persuaded three groups of victims to invest money with him, according to court records and prosecutors. Benjamin Harrison Higgs III of the 900 block of Burning Tree Court pleaded guilty to four of 42 counts filed against him in June: three counts of felony-theft scheme and one count of fraudulently offering a security - involving people from Maryland and other states - according to the court file and a statement of facts by Senior Assistant State's Attorney Melissa O. Hockensmith.
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By Julie Scharper | April 29, 2009
A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in Anne Arundel County District Court in the May fatal shooting of an Annapolis man. Deonte Desmund Boyd, 25, of the 3700 block of St. Margaret St. also pleaded guilty to a handgun violation in the death of Michael Lee Thompson Sr., 31. According to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma, Thompson had suffered 10 gunshot wounds, including two to the head that appeared...
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1999
On the day his death penalty murder trial was to begin, Eugene E. Winder ignored his lawyers' advice and admitted in court that he killed three people in the Eastern Shore town of Fruitland and set their house on fire in February 1998.After hearing a statement of facts in the case, Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II convicted Winder, 25, a Fruitland electrician, of arson and first-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged girlfriend, Christie Lee Mainor, and her grandparents, John and Geraldine Mainor.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | December 19, 2008
The head of a Lanham company that promised to help people facing foreclosure but instead used their homes to steal millions of dollars through a series of complicated mortgage fraud schemes pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Jennifer McCall, the 47-year-old chief executive of Metropolitan Money Store Corp. is the fifth of eight defendants in the case to plead guilty. According to a statement of facts attached to her plea agreement, McCall, her husband and other conspirators talked homeowners into turning their property titles over to a third party while Metropolitan Money Store helped them repair their credit ratings and obtain better mortgage rates.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
Two Howard County men pleaded guilty this week in Howard County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a drug-related shooting in the parking lot of a Bennigan's last year that left one man paralyzed. On Tuesday, Raymond Ko Kang, 19, of the 10000 block of Hillingdon Road in Woodstock, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking with the use of a firearm and to first-degree assault. Jonathan Kim, 19, of the 3500 block of Split Rail Lane in Ellicott City, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and to second-degree assault, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 4, 2004
A 36-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to strangling his estranged wife after an argument and dragging her body to the woods behind her Woodlawn home, a Baltimore County prosecutor said. Brian Henry Eubanks received a life sentence with all but 50 years suspended, said prosecutor John Magee. Baltimore County Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes also ordered that Eubanks serve the first 25 years without the possibility of parole, the prosecutor said. According to a statement of facts that Magee read during yesterday's court hearing, Monica L. Keys, 41, Eubanks' wife of about eight months, kicked him out of the house May 3 after discovering that he had lied to her about his age and his military service.
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By Julie Scharper | April 29, 2009
A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in Anne Arundel County District Court in the May fatal shooting of an Annapolis man. Deonte Desmund Boyd, 25, of the 3700 block of St. Margaret St. also pleaded guilty to a handgun violation in the death of Michael Lee Thompson Sr., 31. According to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma, Thompson had suffered 10 gunshot wounds, including two to the head that appeared...
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | April 24, 1991
Stephen Howard Oken, the former pharmacy clerk who sexually assaulted and murdered three women, has pleaded guilty to killing his sister-in-law.Under questioning from Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge James T. Smith Jr. yesterday, Oken, 29, said he was entering the plea voluntarily and that he had not been pressured into it.Oken, who in January was sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber for the Nov. 2, 1987, murder of a White Marsh newlywed, Dawn...
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August 26, 1993
Man pleads guilty to school break-inA Westminster man is to be sentenced Oct. 20 after pleading guilty to a statement of facts about a break-in at Francis Scott Key High School.Patrick Allen Globus, 20, of Pennsylvania Avenue, asked through his lawyer for probation before judgment, to avoid a conviction that would cause him to be discharged from the U.S. Army National Guard.Judge Francis M. Arnold postponed his decision until a presentence investigation is completed."I need to know a little more about you," he said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2002
A 26-year-old Bethesda man admitted yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court that he drove to Finksburg in February for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a bored 13-year-old girl home from school with a faked illness. Todd K. Thompson instead was arrested Feb. 5 by a Carroll County sheriff's deputy who had been posing in an Internet chat room as "Stacie." Thompson lived in Baltimore at the time of his arrest and arranged to meet the supposed girl for oral sex, Assistant State's Attorney Amy L. Blank said yesterday in a statement of facts agreed to by the defense.
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By Larry Carson | November 2, 2008
Two establishments in North Laurel - a Pasta Blitz restaurant and Crickett's Fat Daddy Saloon - have been cited and fined by the county Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for liquor license violations. Pasta Blitz owners Rita and Luigi Palma-Esposito were fined $750 and prohibited from selling alcohol Nov. 7 and 8 at their restaurant on Montpelier Road for a series of administrative failures found in May by a county police detective. The licensees had not applied to renew their liquor license by May 1, and it had expired.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun reporter | May 17, 2008
Alan B. Fabian, a Maryland entrepreneur, philanthropist and former Republican fundraiser, pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore federal court to a multiyear scheme that the government says defrauded banks and businesses of at least $32 million. "This is a massive fraud," U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett said several times during the two-hour arraignment. Fabian, 43, had been indicted on 26 counts, including money laundering and perjury in connection with the scheme. He pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of the indictment after reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney's office.
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By Tyeesha Dixon | January 16, 2008
A former office manager for a Columbia law firm pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing almost $706,000 from the company - one of the largest embezzlement cases in county history, according to the state's attorney's office. Christine McClain-Sloane, 41, used company checks to pay for personal expenses for six of the 11 years she worked at Nagle and Zaller PC, the Howard County state's attorney's office said. McClain-Sloane pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft scheme, and Howard Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure revoked her bail.
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August 18, 2007
A 29-year-old woman pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to an identity theft scheme in which she opened credit accounts in the names of at least 15 people and purchased more than $400,000 of merchandise, federal prosecutors said. Nekia Ishawn Hunter of Baltimore admitted to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and production of false identification documents, and she faces a maximum 47 years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 26, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
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By Matthew Dolan | April 21, 2007
A Western Maryland mother of two who offered businesses a cheap but illegal way to mail letters and packages was sentenced in federal court to serve 2 1/2 years in prison after admitting she counterfeited hundreds of thousands of dollars in metered postage. U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Julie Hoffman, 33, of Lonaconing to the prison term followed by two years of supervised release. Davis also ordered Hoffman to pay restitution of $251,011.91. Her attorney in federal court in Baltimore said yesterday she had written a $5,000 check to start to pay back the U.S. Postal Service for its losses.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER | November 23, 2006
A 49-year old Baltimore woman entrusted with funds for a State Highway Administration Christmas party for her co-workers' children pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to stealing much of the money. Javana Jenkins of Canton, a clerk who worked at the agency's offices in the 700 block of N. Calvert St., never held the party, which raised the suspicions of Walter Lycett, a retired employee who had turned the funds over to her. Jenkins repaid the money she stole, and under a plea agreement with the attorney general's office was given a suspended 18-month jail term and 18 months' probation by Judge Gale E. Rasin.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | August 20, 1993
Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold convicted a 29-year-old Pennsylvania woman of selling an ounce of marijuana to an undercover drug task force officer and sentenced her to 30 days in the county jail.Tina Marie Parker, of Spring Grove, Pa., pleaded not guilty yesterday to one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, but agreed to allow prosecutors to present a statement of facts to the court that was sufficient to find her guilty.In return, prosecutors agreed to a one-year sentence with all but 30 days in the Carroll County Detention Center suspended.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | November 17, 1992
A Virginia man pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to kidnap two Ivy League sons of a wealthy businessman for a $4 million ransom.Speaking through a translator in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Heon Sik Park, 39, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted hostage taking.Judge Marvin J. Garbis said he would wait for a report on Park's background before scheduling his sentencing.A statement of facts read in court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Virginia B. Evans said the FBI learned through an informant that Park planned to kidnap the brothers.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
Two Howard County men pleaded guilty this week in Howard County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a drug-related shooting in the parking lot of a Bennigan's last year that left one man paralyzed. On Tuesday, Raymond Ko Kang, 19, of the 10000 block of Hillingdon Road in Woodstock, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking with the use of a firearm and to first-degree assault. Jonathan Kim, 19, of the 3500 block of Split Rail Lane in Ellicott City, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and to second-degree assault, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office.
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April 26, 2006
Man's trial in death of student postponed The trial of the Baltimore man accused of suffocating a Johns Hopkins University senior in January 2005 has been postponed until September. Donta Maurice Allen, 28, was scheduled to stand trial yesterday in the killing of Linda Trinh, 21, who was found dead in the bathtub of her Charles Street high-rise apartment near the university. Warren A. Brown, Allen's attorney, has said his client is not guilty. Police have said DNA found on Trinh belonged to Allen, who has been described as the former boyfriend of one of Trinh's sorority sisters.
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